In September 2017, Californian cheerleader Ashley Adamietz was gearing up for a game to encourage her high-school football side to victory. But the teen had no idea that the team had a very special message of support of their own. Unfortunately, Adamietz had received some devastating news just the month before. But the altruistic actions of the athletes that day made her feel like a winner before a ball had even been kicked.
A resident of the Northern Californian city of Redding, Adamietz attended the nearby Foothill High School in Palo Cedro. In 2017, the senior student was on the cheerleading squad for the school’s football team, known as the Cougars. The side has a very proud history which is summed up in its fight song. The lively lyrics run, “Courage, honor, spirit, skill/These we believe in/And win we will…”
With this in mind, Adamietz showed up for a September home fixture to lead the crowd in urging on the Cougars to show some courage, honor, spirit and skill on the field. However, she had received an unusual text concerning her timekeeping not long beforehand. The teen was used to turning up to her cheerleading commitments promptly, so the content of the message puzzled her.